Last year, Billy Frank Jr., a visionary leader on environmental and tribal issues, passed away at the age of 83. Last week, all 49 state senators voted to adopt a formal resolution commemorating Frank’s impressive life.
We want to say thank you to the Washington State Senate for helping to ensure that Billy Frank Jr.’s legacy as a positive warrior for the causes that unite us will live on.
Frank recognized that the interests of many communities, both economic and environmental, converge in our working forests. He walked in good faith and spirit with representatives from fisheries, timber, and environmental organizations.
Together we blazed a trail for giving private forest landowners a proactive and constructive role in efforts to save salmon runs and keep our streams clean, cool and passable.
We need more leaders who follow a collaborative path to produce cooperative solutions. We need more leaders like Billy Frank Jr.
We were honored to walk beside Frank; he is missed by many and we are among them. We are grateful to the state Senate for officially recognizing the greatness of his life.